Jews and Druze ‘will fight the murderers’ together, minister says at policeman’s funeral

The funeral of Israeli Druze police officer Zidan Saif. Credit: Israel Hayom video screenshot.

( Thousands came to pay their last respects on Wednesday to Israeli Druze policeman Zidan Saif, who was killed on duty while confronting Palestinian terrorists in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday. Saif—the first police officer to enter the scene of the bloody terror attack, in which he and four Jewish worshippers were killed—was buried near his home in the Western Galilee.

“He went first into the fire to protect the residents of Jerusalem. Without fear, he faced the terrorists and risked his life to protect the residents of Jerusalem. He acted on the values on which he was raised—courage, valor, self-sacrifice,” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said at Saif’s funeral.

Another Druze police officer, Jadan Assad, was killed in a recent vehicular terror attack on a Jerusalem light rail station.

“[Saif] is a source of pride for you, the Druze people, for the police, and for the people of Israel,” said Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch. “The values that you instilled in him compelled him to protect, and he fell while defending the state of Israel. We have that shared fate. Together we will fight the murderers.”

Posted on November 20, 2014 .